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Enoch Davis Center to host Thanksgiving feast for seniors

The City of StPetersburg Parks and Recreation Department's Enoch Davis Center is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors and their families Nov. 19, from 3-6 p.m. Dinner will include the traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, other sides and pumpkin pie, according to the city's announcement. The event is being sponsored by the StPetersburg Parks and Recreation Department, the City of StPetersburg and The Gathering of Women Inc. 

Children’s bookstore to open in Historic Uptown

The Story Garden, a new locally owned children’s bookstore, will open in St. Petersburg’s Historic Uptown neighborhood in early 2024. Its 800-square-foot space at 832 14th St. N. will also provide a play space and programming. The Story Garden will host a series of pop-up events before its formal opening, starting with a book sale and story time at the Runrun Kids Store Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m.

Good ‘Burger Awards ceremony is postponed

The annual Good 'Burger Awards ceremony scheduled to be hosted tonight at Jannus Live has been postponed due to "soggy weather conditions." The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce will announce details of new schedule tomorrow morning after confirming vendor/space availability. The Good ‘Burger Awards honor large and small business owners, and community leaders who have made a positive impact in St. Pete. 

Water restrictions approved amid drought

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) declared a modified phase one water shortage Tuesday due to the area’s rainfall deficit. Residents in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties will have one day to irrigate lawns beginning Dec. 1. Here is SWFWMD’s watering schedule: Addresses ending in 0 or 1 - Monday; addresses ending in 2 or 3 - Tuesday; addresses ending in 4 or 5 - Wednesday; addresses ending in 6 or 7 - Thursday; addresses ending in 8 or 9 - Friday.

Tampa Bay is among nation’s ‘most gentrified’ cities

According to a recent MarketStadium study, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area is the region most likely to become “more gentrified compared to the current period.” Gentrification occurs when higher-income households move into traditionally lower-income neighborhoods. MarketStadium placed Tampa Bay ninth among the most gentrified areas overall by 2025. To view the report’s methodology and rankings, visit the website here.

TGH receives $5M gift for planned neuroscience surgical center

Prominent Tampa businessman Blake Casper, co-owner of Tampa hospitality company Oxford Commons, has gifted the Tampa General Hospital Foundation $5 million. The gift from Casper, a longtime supporter and TGH board member, will support the construction of the planned, new on-campus Surgical, Neuroscience and Transplant Pavilion at the flagship campus on Davis Islands, according to an announcement from TGH.

St. Pete ranks among the best cities for veterans

A recent CoworkingCafe study ranked St. Petersburg as the nation’s eighth-best city for veterans and their families, primarily due to its 0% unemployment rate among former servicemembers. The report also credited St. Pete’s climate, greenspaces and eight coworking spaces. The study found that the Tampa Bay metro area is home to 4,875 veteran-owned businesses.

Pinellas experiences driest year since 1894

The Southwest Florida Water Management District will vote Tuesday on limiting lawn watering to one day per week to help mitigate severe drought conditions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that Pinellas County is experiencing its driest year since 1894. Rainfall totals from January through October are over 18 inches below normal.

Tampa Bay Times names new president

The Times Publishing Co., the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times and Florida Trend, has named longtime company executive Joe DeLuca as its new president. DeLuca will replace Conan Gallaty, who will remain as the paper's CEO and chairman. The Times also named several new members to its board. 

Jabil acquires Scottish tech firm

St. Petersburg-based tech giant Jabil Inc. has acquired Scotland-based Retronix, an innovative provider in the reclamation and refurbishment of electronic components. The deal, which was recently completed, adds exclusive technologies to Jabil’s portfolio, including reverse supply chain management, medical device reprocessing, recycled packaging, and emission reductions, according to an announcement. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

New bakery opens in St. Pete

The Sourdough Co., located at 1113 Central Ave., will have a grand opening today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the new space. Seminole resident Ariana Duksa recently inked the lease for the two-story, 4,764-square-foot storefront, which is adjacent to Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails. Duksa started her at-home bakery business last year as she and her husband began a health-conscious journey of managing their gut health. 

Yandy Díaz wins AL Silver Slugger Award

Yandy Díaz has been named the AL Silver Slugger Award recipient at first base. Díaz is the first Rays hitter to win a Silver Slugger Award since OF Carl Crawford in 2010, and is the fourth player in franchise history to earn the honor, along with 3B Evan Longoria (2009) and 1B Carlos Peña (2007). The Silver Slugger Award is the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball, with the season’s best players at each position selected in a vote by MLB managers and coaches in their respective leagues.

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